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Králický Sněžník Summit

The summit of the Králický Sněžník mountain range. The territory is also notable from the geological viewpoint. It is formed by the transformed rocks (gneisses and mica schists), with a minor occurrence of crystalline limestones and dolomites, amphibolites, hornblende schists, quartz rocks and quartzy schists. As early as in 1765, the Prussian Prince Henry climbed the summit, followed by the Emperor Joseph II in 1780 and the Dutch Princess Marianna with her father, King William I of the Netherlands, in 1840. In 1886, the Czech author Alois Jirásek described his climb to the “Kralická Sněžka” summit. Between 1895 and 1899, the 33.5 m high lookout tower was erected at the summit but had to be blasted off in 1973 as it was not maintained after the World War II. In 1912, the Liechtenstein chalet with 40 beds and modern equipment (water supply, electric lighting) was built on the south-east slope of the Králický Sněžník summit, by the road to the Morava river spring. After 1945, it was renamed to the “U pramene Moravy” chalet (by the Morava river spring), but it became dilapidated after the war and had to be eventually torn down in 1971. The only thing preserved to date is a granitic statuette of an elephant which is located near the foundations of the original chalet. In 1932, it was erected here by the Jascher, a German association of artists, as its own symbol and now it has become an unofficial symbol of the Králický Sněžník summit.

GPS position

N 50° 12.442', E 16° 50.858'



Česká geografická společnost
Mgr. Petra Karvánková, Ph.D.
Katedra geografie PF JU v Českých Budějovicích, Jeronýmova 10, 371 15 České Budějovice
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